McWay Falls; Big Sur, California
Where to fly: Mineta San Jose International Airport
With only a half mile hike out of the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, there should be no excuse for missing the beauty of the McWay Falls—and every other inch of the seducingly magical coastline. For more instructions on this unforgettable hike, be sure to visit the Hiking Big Sur website.
Pro tip: For spectacular views of the coast and California cuisine, stop for a bite at Nepenthe, just up the road from the trail.